Social Value as Supplementray Condition in Public Procurement

The main goal of public procurement is to purchase goods and services at the best possible price and this is how it should be. At the same time, public procurement can also have supplementary conditions and this aspect is not well known currently. If the contracting authority, faced with comparable tenders in tender evaluation, prefers the one that promises to hire also people with reduced work capacity or the long-term unemployed, then it will create additional social value in addition to the primary subject of the tender. This analysis focuses specifically on the feasibility of promoting the employment of risk groups through public procurements.

Client:

Government Office of Estonia

Implementation period:

2017

The impact of working conditions on the development of incapacity for work

The number of permanently incapacitated people in Estonia has increased significantly and has reached 10 per cent of the working-age population. Permanent loss of ability to work will result in a limited participation in work life, lower-paid jobs or a total exclusion from the job market. This will mean a lower income in addition to damaged health. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the links between temporary and permanent loss of ability to work, between the job environment and working conditions and the development of incapacity, and the risks involved in employing incapacitated people.

Client:

Ministry of Social Affairs

Implementation period:

2015

ICT students’ employment during studies

The study focused on ICT students’ working during studies, using the secure multiparty computation software Sharemind on registry data.

Client:

Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Implementation period:

2013-2015

The low- and high-skilled population of Estonia, their participation in the labour market, their social coping and health

Analysis often concentrate on the “average people” and “average results” but what about high- and low-achievers? This study looks at people with different levels of basic skills and their situation in the society based on the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data.

Client:

The Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2013-2015

The benefit of information processing skills in the labour market

Information processing skills are essential for coping in today’s society. But what part do basic skills play on the labour market? We tried to find out by analysing PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2013-2014

The development and piloting of a method for combining quantitative labour demand forecast information and qualitative labour market monitoring

The assessment of future labour demand constitutes an important part of planning in the education system. The existing forecast methods that cover the whole economy are often said to result in data that is too aggregated. This method has been developed as a tool for the Estonian Qualifications Authority to refine the forecast produced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Client:

The Government Office

Implementation period:

2014

Health care professionals’ income in Estonia

Pay and income statistics frequently come under public criticism, often when the published statistics diverge from people’s knowledge of their own income and that of people in their social circles. This is also true of pay in the health care sector: on the one hand, health care professionals, in particular doctors, are perceived by some.

Client:

CENTAR

Implementation period:

2013

Analysis of the Labour Contract Act

The new Employment Contract Act was adopted on 17. December 2008 and came into force six months later, on 1 July 2009. The Act aims at increasing flexicurity in employment relations, which would allow both employers and employees to agree on terms that would best fit the needs of both parties, while ensuring the protection of interests of the parties. Good legislative practices necessitate that follow-up policy analysis must be carried out to assess the implementation and impact of the act.

Client:

Ministry of Social Affairs

Implementation period:

2013

The participation of people with neither vocational nor tertiary education in lifelong learning

The aim of the project was to study learning practices of people without a vocational or higher education—in Estonia as well as in the EU as a whole, lifelong learning is considered crutial, as only lifelong learning can ensure coping in a world constantly in change. The study focused on people who have no vocational or higher education. On average, people in this category engage far less in independent learning than people with vocational or professional education.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2012

Public-private sector wage differential

How do wages in the public sector differ from those in the private sector? As shown in this brief report, the answer depends significantly on the definition of public sector. We present estimates of public-private sector wage differentials in Estonia for various subgroups of the public sector, differentiating between the state and local government levels and different economic activities such as public administration, education and health.

Client:

Ministry of Finance

Implementation period:

2012

General Secondary Education Graduates on the Labour Market 2001-2010

Every year the media reflects rankings of schools based on their state exam results but are these schools where best results are achieved on top according to some other metric as well? The goal of this report is to give an overview of general secondary education graduates’ incomes within 10 years of school completion and assess differences which can be explained by school characteristics such as language of study, location, average state exam mark. Linked data from Tax and Customs Board and Estonian Educational Information System was used for conducting this analysis.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2012